Heimo Mikkola, Ph.D., has more than 35 years of experience in sustainable development through working with growing responsibilities in international organizations, in particular the African Development Bank, European Union, United Nations System and the World Bank. Dr. Mikkola received his Ph.D. from the University of Kuopio, Finland. He has visited and worked in 133 countries (46 of those in Africa). In South America, he worked with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Colombia and Uruguay visiting also Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Guadeloupe, Panama and Venezuela. Since 1988 Dr. Mikkola has been an adjunct professor at Eastern Finland University. Between 2010 and 2018, he served as a visiting professor at three different universities in Almaty, Kazakhstan and one in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. He has published more than 660 zoological papers and texts and has edited seven books.